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  • Becoming rigid as if ossifying; ossifying.

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  • Modern political economy stands on a precisely similar basis. Assuming, not that the human being has no skeleton, but that it is all skeleton, it founds an ossifiant theory of progress on this negation of a soul; and having shown the utmost that may be made of bones, and constructed a number of interesting geometrical figures with death's-heads and humeri, successfully proves the inconvenience of the reappearance of a soul among these corpuscular structures. I do not deny the truth of this theory: I simply deny its applicabilitv to the present phase of the world.

    Whither tilth?

    John Ruskin

    The Roots of Honour

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    December 8, 2020